straight forward health and safty advice
Some types of work have special risks
Working in a confined space is an obvious example, as there is a risk of death
through a lack of oxygen, by poisoning, or due to an explosion or a fire
Likewise people working alone face particular risks, which have to be
controlled by making sure that their supervisor knows where they will
be working and how long the work is expect to take; as do people
working at a height, or handing hazardous chemicals, all of which need
to be controlled.
Anyone who has to deal with cleaning up body fluids, such as blood from an
accident, or removing a syringe that may be contaminated, faces special risks
which need to be minimised.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, and other more
specific regulations, impose a specific duty to carry out a suitable and
sufficient assessment of all risks to the health and safety of employees and
others, arising at or from these and other work activities.
The following pages contain basic guidance about some of these special risks. However, the
various regulations do have specific requirements and should be consulted if such work is to be